IRTA-CReSA advises Central America on cattle meat inspection

IRTA-CReSA researchers Dr. Miquel Nofrarías and Dr. Enric Vidal participated in a project consisting of an advisory technical mission regarding meat inspection of cattle for countries in Central America. The initiative arose form a request by the OIRSA: Regional International Organization for Agricultural Health, an organization representing different countries of Central America dealing with food safety.

The project consisted of three phases. In the first phase Dr. Nofrarías performed a technical mission to Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras during which the beef meat inspection system of slaughterhouses in the countries mentioned above was audited. Also several meetings with representatives of the authorities and the industry were held.

The second phase consisted of drafting a diagnostic report and the preparation of a Bovine meat inspection manual based on the standards of the European Union, focused on training meat inspectors form Central American countries wishing to export fresh meat products to the EU. Finally, last November, Dr. Nofrarías traveled again to Managua to present the manual within the program of a training course for official meat inspectors.

The course included theoretical presentations, a practical session and the presentation of SESC,  the slaughterhouse support network, a project carried out from IRTA-CReSA by commission of the Public Health Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia since 2008.

Meetings in Managua, Nicaragua.



Training course for inspectors beef.


Closing of the course in Managua, Nicaragua.

To contact the researchers responsible for the project:

Dr. Miquel Nofrarías
Investigador de l’IRTA del programa de Sanitat Animal al CReSA
Telèfon: +34 93 467 40 40 (Ext 1771)

Dr. Enric Vidal
Investigador de l’IRTA del programa de Sanitat Animal al CReSA
Telèfon: +34 93 467 40 40 (Ext 1729)
Campus UAB, Edifici CReSA s/n,  08193  Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain

About IRTA:

IRTA is a research institute devoted to R+D+I in a variety of agri-food areas, such as vegetal production, animal production, food industries, environment and global change, and agri-food economy. The transfer of scientific advances contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, consequently, improving the welfare of the population. IRTA is assigned to the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural (DAAM, Department of Agriculture) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

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